Hello.

Leanne at Chaco Canyon. Photo by Caden GigliottiMy name is Leanne Yanabu, and this is my website.

You may know me as a photographer, as a former Peace Corps volunteer, or, most likely, because I work at the University of New Mexico.

Although I am a web designer, I also have a real life that I would mostly rather be doing instead of updating my website.

Most of the content here was created prior to 1998, when there was no such thing as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social networking webspaces that make it easy to post notes, photos, and thoughts about your life.

I've been gradually adding essays and photos to the website, mostly based on speeches I've given as a Toastmaster

The Best Podcast of 2017

  • Posted on: 10 October 2017
  • By: lyanabu
A microphone

Forty percent of Americans over the age of 12 have listened to a podcast at least once, according to podcast research from this year. Last year I joined this group by buying a tiny mp3 player.

I thought it would encourage me to work out more often. Actually, I didn't end up going to the gym more often, but it did change my life for the better, and I want to explain how, as well as talk about how it seems to be a good fit with what we do in Toastmasters.

The Five Most Effective Things You Can Do To Fight Climate Change

  • Posted on: 28 July 2017
  • By: lyanabu
Photo of the author on the Holy Ghost hiking trail, near Pecos, New Mexico

We have a problem. It's clear that global climate change is upon us, but what do we do about it?

Finding out which actions work best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a challenge.

There are plenty of suggestions: Switch to a fuel-efficient vehicle! Plant some trees! Fly less! Bring your own plastic bags to the grocery store!?

But there were so many options, I started to wonder. Which of these actions made the most difference? Which were the things I, individually, could actively do that have a measurable effect?

What is Real? Fighting Spam, Fake News, and Our Own Fallibility

  • Posted on: 24 July 2017
  • By: lyanabu
My Aunt

Back in December, my dryer broke, so I called a repairman. While he was working on the dryer, I was surprised that the first topic he brought up was fake news and how you couldn’t rely on any source for real news anymore.

I thought, "What happened to chit-chatting about the weather?"

I was hoping to get my machine repaired; I wasn't expecting a discussion about the nature of reality at 8 in the morning with a stranger.